Cape Town to Windhoek

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Cape Town South Africa
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Windhoek Namibia
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa Namibia

Tour Dates

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Overview

This 12-day Best of Namibia Adventure Tour from Cape Town to Windhoek meanders through big sky country, Namibia! On departing Cape Town, you will stop to take the quintessential picture of Table Mountain. As you cross into Namibia, take a canoe trip on the Orange River and admire vast untouched desert landscape. As we venture deeper into the Namib Desert you’ll see the slowly changing landscapes which represents the many faces of this desert country. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes in the west, furthermore watching the sunrise over the red dunes is an iconic highlight of any trip to Namibia. We continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. We travel a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road before we will visit a local Himba tribe. This tour is not complete without a visit to one of the worlds finest game park: Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. We make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek where this adventure tour unfortunately ends. Excludes Activity Package; R 890 per person and single supplement. 

This tour has a Comfort Option available.

2019 Tours exclude Activity Package & Single Supplement, please enquire for rates. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - South Africa – Cederberg Region

Leaving Cape Town this morning we make a last stop for a look back at Table Mountain from across Table Bay, picture taken we travel to the famous winelands region of the Western Cape and enjoy a wine tasting at one of the local wine farms.  We will also make a stop at the well-known Spice Route, bordering the town of Paarl. The Spice Route is an estate that brings together a collection of flavours unique to the Cape Culture – including a beer garden, artworks studio, chocolate makers and coffee makers – to name just a few. No road trip is complete without a stop at a traditional “Padstal”, these small farm stalls dot the byways of South Africa and offer a variety of homemade treats and bakes. The Cedarberg region not only boasts spectacular mountains and orange farms, but it is also the home of the Rooibos bush. Indigenous to the mountain slopes of the Cedarberg, this herbal beverage has earned an international reputation as a healthy and refreshing alternative to regular tea. A dinner at our overnight stop, offers an opportunity for us to get acquainted while enjoying some South African hospitality

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Visit to the Spice Route

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Marcuskraal Campsite OR Citrusdal Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package; Wine tasting

Day 2 - Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River

Namaqualand presents us with our first experience of the Desert vistas that will accompany us in the days ahead. We continue our journey north and after a short stop for supplies in Springbok, travel to our camp on the banks of the Orange River. If you are fortunate enough to be travelling in the spring months (July to September) you may encounter the wild flowers that have made this region famous. Crossing the border this afternoon we enter Namibia and settle in on the banks of the Gariep River.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Felix Unite Cabanas OR Norotshama Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Namibia – Gariep (Orange) River – Fish River Canyon

While the Orange River was named after the Dutch royal House, in recent times it has been referred to by its original name of Gariep, which simply means “river” in the indigenous KhoeKhoe language. Beginning its journey in the mountains of Lesotho the Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and offers a unique contrast to the desert landscapes along its banks. The best way to experience the river is by getting out on the water and this morning we have the opportunity to join an optional canoe trip on the river. Venturing north into the desert we visit the Fish River Canyon in the afternoon. We overnight at the hot springs of Ais-Ais and this evening we indulge in hot water swim under the desert skies.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Scenic walk along the rim of Fish River Canyon

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ai Ais Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Half-Day Canoe Trip

Day 4 - Namib-Naukluft National Park

Every overland journey has some long travelling days and today is one of those as we venture deeper into the Namib Desert. Our destination is the dune fields that cover the western reaches of the desert. Long dusty roads and sparsely populated farmlands offer us an insight into the vastness of rural Namibia. From the grasslands in the east to the red dunes of the west the slowly changing landscapes represents the many faces of this desert country. Our base for the next two nights puts us at the doorstep to this desert wonderland.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hammerstein

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Sossusvlei Dunes – Namib-Naukluft National Park

We start the day early and enjoy a brisk climb up Dune 45, this landmark dune offers the perfect vantage point to marvel at the endless sea of red sand. Having enjoyed an elevated view of this spectacular landscape we continue deeper into the dune fields, where a 4×4 transfer takes us to the pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. Our final stop for the day is a late afternoon visit to the Sesriem Canyon, where we explore evidence of a wetter period in the history of this dry land. Tonight as we empty the red sand from our shoes, we reflect on the magic of desert we have explored

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Walk into Sesriem Canyon, Hike up Dune 45, 4x4 shuttle to Sossusvlei / Deadvlei, Sesriem Canyon

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Hammerstein

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Swakopmund

Today we continue west and make our way to the coastal town of Swakopmund, where adventure and a dose of civilisation await. After a final excursion into the desert with a local expert, we make our way across the Tropic of Capricorn and continue to the Atlantic coast. We make a brief stop at the Walvis Bay lagoon, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Flamingo’s that feed in the shallows. On arriving in Swakopmund we have the opportunity to book some of the many adventures on offer and enjoy dinner out at a local restaurant.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Stay@Swakop OR Amampuri OR Haus Garnison

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch (Dinner at own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package; Guided desert walk with local expert

Day 7 - Swakopmund

While for many it is the adrenaline fuelled adventures that will grab their attention, Swakopmund offers all that and more. Take the opportunity today to explore the town at your leisure, as there are a number of attractions for every taste. Not to be missed is the selection of famed coffee shops and bakeries that offer a delightful range of German inspired treats. Swakopmund offers all the conveniences of a small city and is the perfect launching pad for the journey through the northern reaches of the land.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Stay@Swakop OR Amampuri OR Haus Garnison

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,(Dinner at own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Dolphin cruise, Skydiving, sandboarding, Quad biking, Dinner

Day 8 - Khorixas

This morning we travel a section of the famous Skeleton Coast road, passing the Salt Works we head north for a photo opportunity in the colourful town of Wlotskasbaken. Lichens are one of the most fascinating examples of symbiosis in nature, algae and fungus unite to form the Lichen and live inseparably as one organism. We will have the opportunity to view these fascinating desert inhabitants before turning east towards Spitzkoppe. These massive granite formations tower 700 metres above the desert plains below and the presence of rock art indicates their significance to the San people who lived here many years ago. We join a local guide for an exploration of these fascinating landforms before completing the journey to our overnight stop at Khorixas.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Visit Spitzkoppe and explore with a local guide

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Igowati Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Himba Tribes: Outjo

We continue north this morning and on our way we will visit a project that will introduce us to the Himba people of Northern Namibia. The semi-nomadic Himba Tribe are extremely susceptible to Western influence and have lost a large portion of their land to farmers, engineers, miners and many were displaced during the wars that raged between Namibia and Angola. The dwindling number of pastoralists that still exist in their natural environment are protected as far as possible by creating a “buffer zone”, or an “educational tribe” where tourists who would like to get a better understanding of the way of the Himba, their lifestyle and their traditions, can do so without interfering with those still living in their natural environment. Visiting the Himba tribe can be a controversial topic that gets discussed at the camp fire, however not so much if the reason for visiting this particular tribe is understood beforehand. The income that this specific tribe generates from the visits goes towards the education of orphaned Himba children and assists the tribe in giving them a chance to learn about their own culture and heritage. There is a market at the end of your visit, this is a way for the women to establish a small income, used for their own private expenses, and it is up to you whether you’d like to purchase anything or not. We continue to our camp for the night and prepare for two magical days of game viewing in Etosha National Park.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Etotongwe Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package; Himba Project Visit

Day 10 - Etosha National Park

Rising early this morning we make the drive to the Etosha National Park. Etosha is the venue for some of the most unique game viewing experiences in Africa. Today we have a full-day to explore the edges of Etosha Pan in search of the abundant wildlife that occurs in the park. Our truck offers us an elevated platform and we will spend some time at the many waterholes dotted throughout the park. Evenings in Etosha are best spent wrapped up warm at the floodlit waterholes at the camps. Those who wish to partake in an optional night drive may do so tonight

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Full day game drive in Nomad truck

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Okakuejo OR Halali Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Etosha National Park

Our second day in Etosha allows another full day to continue our exploration of the park. No day on safari is ever the same and the suspense before that special sighting is the motivation that keeps our eyes wide open. Tonight a second opportunity presents for those who wish to do an optional night drive, while the floodlit waterholes ensure that our game viewing continues deep into the night.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Full day game drive in Nomad truck

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Okakuejo OR Halali OR Toshari Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Windhoek

A last early morning and short game drive to the gate sees us wrap up our visit to Etosha and take aim for Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Today we make a brief stop at the craft markets of Okahandja before arriving in Windhoek in the afternoon, where your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Windhoek. We will take a short walk through the city centre and have the opportunity to view some its better known landmarks.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Craft market stop en-route, short walk through Windhoek with your guide

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Own arrangements

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Dinner

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